The Oldham-born starlet joined United back in 2004 and has worked his way through the ranks, gaining England recognition at youth level.
While comparisons to former players should be treated with caution, his style in some ways bring to mind Paul Scholes in the manner he manoeuvres the ball and has a low centre of gravity. Always looking for an option, he passes the ball thoughtfully around the midfield and also enjoys making meaty challenges.
A bad bout of glandular fever halted his progress in 2011/2012 but he returned to become something of a regular towards the end of the campaign and struck up a good partnership with Joe Rothwell in the heart of the midfield. Pearson broke his duck at Under-18 level with a well-taken finish against Newcastle, and he'll look to add more goals to his game. A spiky character, he was in the thick of things in the FA Youth Cup semi-final at Chelsea and will have gained plenty from the experience.
The 2012/2013 season saw the midfield man grow in stature and become a central figure in Paul McGuinness' side. A number of impressive displays helped earn him not only an England Under-18 call-up for a friendly with Belgium but also the captain's